With its abundance of orchards and hop gardens, Kent is traditionally known as "The Garden of England" – a name often applied when marketing the county or its produce. Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt. South and East Kent rely on tourism and agriculture.
Kent is the main area for hazelnut production in the UK, although in recent years, there has been a significant drop in agriculture, and industry and services are increasing the in the area. North Kent is heavily industrialised with cement-making at Northfleet and Cuxton, brickmaking at Sittingbourne, shipbuilding on the Medway and in Swale and engineering and aircraft design and construction at Rochester and oil refining at Grain.
The west of the county (including Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells & Sevenoaks) is generally more affluent than the east, especially when compared to the coastal regions of Folkestone, Dover & Thanet. This is partly due to the former's proximity to London, making it a prime "commuter belt" area and an ideal base for your serviced office in Kent. The HS1 rail service, using the high speed Channel Tunnel line brings coastal areas' travel times to London down to around an hour, encouraging regeneration in these areas.
France can be seen clearly in fine weather from Folkestone, and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover.